Deemed the “Ultimate Football Handicapping Challenge,” the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest is the world’s longest-running sports-betting competition. It began in 1988 and has been running for more than 30 years. On this page, you’ll learn about what the Las Vegas SuperContest is.
What Is the Las Vegas SuperContest?
Known as one of the premier football betting contests in the world, the SuperContest invites contestants from all over the world to compete in a point-spread picking competition over the course of the NFL season.
Each week during the NFL regular season, SuperContest contestants select five games against the spread using the contest lines. Points are tallied across the whole season as contestants compete for prizes based on where they rank. Prizes are determined by the number of entries in the contest.
The SuperContest is hosted by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
SuperContest History & Past Winners
|YEAR||ENTRIES||BUY-IN||PRIZE POOL||WINNER||FIRST PRIZE|
|2013||1,034||$1,500||$1,551,000||DAVID FROHARDT LANE 2||$542,850|
|2019||3,328||$1,500||$5,592,640||IT AINT BREEZY||$1,469,644|
How Does SuperContest Scoring Work?
Each week during the SuperContest season, contestants pick five games against the contest point spread as their weekly selections. These contest point spreads are released on a weekly basis and remain static once announced.
A correct selection is graded as a pick that covers the point spread. A correct selection earns the contestant 1 point. A push, or a tie, of the point spread means the pick doesn’t win or lose and the contestant is awarded 0.5 points. A losing pick is graded as such when a selection doesn’t cover the point spread and is worth 0 points.
As an example, let’s say a contestant takes the following sides during a SuperContest week:
New England Patriots (-3.5)
Buffalo Bills (-6.5)
New York Jets (+3)
Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5)
Las Vegas Raiders (+3.5)
The real-life results from those games are as follows:
Patriots 30 – Dolphins 21
Bills 23 – Bengals 20
Jets 17 – Chargers 16
Chiefs 38 – Panthers 10
Eagles 31 – Raiders 14
The Patriots won by 9 points and covered the 3.5-point spread, giving the contestant a winning pick and 1 point. The Bills won their game but only by 3 points and did not cover the 6.5-point spread, so the contestant’s pick was a losing pick and the contestant scored 0 points for this one. The Jets beat the Chargers by 1 point and covered the spread, giving the contestant another point for a winning pick. The Chiefs won big and covered the 7.5-point spread to give the contestant another winning point. The Raiders lost by more than the 3.5-point spread, resulting in a losing pick for 0 points. As a result, the contestant scored 3-2 on the week and picked up 3 points for the leaderboard.
Multiple Ways To Win
The current SuperContest offers multiple leaderboards over the course of the season. Across the 18-week NFL regular season, the SuperContest offers 12 ways to win.
- Overall season-long leaderboard
- Six three-week contests (Weeks 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18)
- Three six-week contests (Weeks 1-6, 7-12, and 13-18)
- Two nine-week contests (Weeks 1-9 and 10-18)
The overall season-long leaderboard is what determines the year’s SuperContest champion.
How Much Does It Cost To Enter the SuperContest?
The SuperContest costs $1,000 per entry. Contestants are allowed a maximum of seven entries for 2023. The full $1,000 buy-in for each entry goes into the contest prize pool. For more information, see the official SuperContest rules.
How Can You Play in the SuperContest?
The SuperContest is open to anyone who is of legal gambling age in the State of Nevada (21 years old). Contestants do not have to be a resident of Nevada in order to participate in the SuperContest, but they must register in person at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook and picks must be submitted from within Nevada state boundaries either by the contestant or via a proxy.
SuperContest contestants are allowed to designate a proxy to place weekly selections. The proxy must register with the contestant in person at the time of registration and can then handle the entry of picks each week even if the contestant isn’t located in Nevada.
Picks can be entered in person at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook or via the sportsbook’s mobile app.
Step 1: Put Together the Entry Fee
For 2023, the SuperContest costs $1,000 to enter, and there is a maximum of seven entries per contestant. If you want to enter the SuperContest, you’re going to need a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $7,000.
Step 2: Decide If You Need a Proxy
Once you’ve put together the money for entry, the second step to entering the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest is to secure a proxy if needed. If a proxy is not needed, you may skip this step.
Step 3: Sign Up for the SuperContest
Once you’ve put together the money for your entries and secured a proxy if needed, the next step to entering the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest is to get down to the casino and sign up before the registration deadline. You must register for the SuperContest in person at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. If using a proxy, be sure the proxy is with you at the time of registration.
Bring your ID and casino player’s card with you. If you don’t have a player’s card, you can get one at the venue.
Step 4: Submit Your Picks Each Week
Every week, the SuperBook will release the SuperContest lines for that week. These lines are static and do not change throughout the week. These are the point spreads you’ll be using to base your picks on each week. Once you decide on your five selections for the week, submit them at the Westgate SuperBook or via the mobile app. If you’re using a proxy, get the picks to your proxy for submission. Be sure to adhere to the weekly deadlines for submitting your picks.
Step 5: Track the SuperContest
Every week after the submission deadline, contestant selections are released for public viewing, so you’ll be able to see what each contestant has selected for a given week. After the week is over, the SuperContest standings will be updated for the various leaderboards. You can track all of this information on Westgate’s SuperContest website, which includes other information like the contest’s official rules and payouts.
You’ll also be able to track the SuperContest by listening to the Gridiron Gamble podcast and following what we do. We review the standings on the podcast and cover the contest’s progress right here on GridironGamble.com with recaps. You should also follow Gridiron Gamble on Twitter and like the Gridiron Gamble Facebook page to stay as up-to-date as possible.
What Is the SuperContest Gold?
Introduced in 2017, the SuperContest Gold is the high-roller version of the SuperContest but with a twist. In addition to having a larger buy-in of $5,000, the SuperContest Gold is a winner-take-all contest.
For those interested in playing in the SuperContest Gold, you can follow the same steps as when you sign up for the SuperContest. For more information, visit our SuperContest Gold page.
What Is the SuperContest Reboot?
The SuperContest Reboot is the season-saver version of the SuperContest. It accounts for the second half of the NFL season only, weeks 10-18, and costs $500 to enter. There is a maximum of three entries per person. For more information, check out our SuperContest Reboot page.